Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labrador Retriever Puppy Training - Tips and Tricks to Start

Labrador retrievers are really a great breed of dog, just ask anyone who owns one. However they are also quite mischievous, and if you do not keep your eye on them at all times, your puppy may try destroying your house when you have your back turned.

Training your Labrador puppy can help put a stop to these bad habits so your puppy can grow up to be a saint. In fact Labrador retriever puppy training should be first on your list of things to do when you first get your puppy home. Training them when they are young can help prevent a lot of nasty accidents from happening to your home.

So where do you start? I like to start by teaching the pup his name. Labs are very smart and will learn this quickly, so it shouldn't take you two long to teach. Start by taking your puppy to a quiet part of your house where there will be no distractions. Get his attention with a treat and say his name a few times, then give him the treat and praise your pup. You will need to do this over and over for a few days, but your puppy should be able to understand.

I also like to start potty training at this time. This may be the most important lesson you teach you're Labrador and if you value anything in your house then you will need to keep a constant eye on your puppy. This is where a crate comes in handy. You can put your puppy in his crate when you are really busy and can't watch him all the time. The main thing to remember about crate training is that you can't leave your puppy in there for too long, maybe an hour at the longest.

It is a good idea to set up a schedule for your new Labrador puppy also. Your schedule should include the times you will take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, the times you will feed your puppy, and the times you will have him in his crate if you are crate training. Having a set schedule and sticking to it can mean a shorter learning curve for your puppy, and once your puppy gets used to the routine, he will be telling you it's time to go outside.

One last thing you should be aware of is that you have to be committed to training your puppy. There will be nights he will howl for hours, and days he will have accidents in your home, but if you help your puppy learn the right way to do things, he will grow up to be everything you hoped for.

This article only scratched the surface on Labrador retriever puppy training. For more tips and tricks check out http://www.squidoo.com/Labradorretrieverpuppytraining.

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